Hongwu Wang

Hongwu Wang, PhD

Assistant Professor And Director, Technology For Occupational Performance (TOP) Lab

Business Phone: (352) 273-9934
Business Email: hongwu.wang@ufl.edu

About Hongwu Wang

Hongwu Wang, PhD, is an assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy. As a biomedical engineer and rehabilitation scientist, he develops and applies well-thought-out technology approaches to address issues in occupational performance, to improve mobility, participation, well-being and quality of life in people with disabilities and older adults. His research focuses on user participatory design, wearable and mHealth, rehabilitation robotics, machine learning, assistive technology, and sensor-based outcome measures. Dr. Wang has received research and training grants from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Department of Education, and Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to design, develop and evaluate rehabilitative and assistive technology for patients across the lifespan. Dr. Wang has (co)authored 38 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters; and has presented over 100 scientific abstracts and invited presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Wang holds six patents and four of them had been commercialized. Dr. Wang serves on review panels for Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, NIDILRR and Paralyzed Veterans of American Foundation for more than five years, and review board member for four peered reviewed journals as well an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 30 journals.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
RSD6910 Supervised Research
RSD6940 Supervised Teaching
OTH6765 Res Method Design


User Participatory Design of a Wearable Focal Vibration Device for Home-Based Stroke Rehabilitation
Sensors. 22(9) [DOI] 10.3390/s22093308. [PMID] 35590997.
A Novel Mobile Device-Based Approach to Quantitative Mobility Measurements for Power Wheelchair Users
Sensors. 21(24) [DOI] 10.3390/s21248275. [PMID] 34960371.
Focal Vibration Therapy: Vibration Parameters of Effective Wearable Devices
Applied Sciences. 11(7) [DOI] 10.3390/app11072969.
Provision of paediatric wheelchairs in low resource settings: a scoping review.
Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology. 1-19 [DOI] 10.1080/17483107.2021.1986582. [PMID] 34614386.
Wearable Focal Muscle Vibration on Pain, Balance, Mobility, and Sensation in Individuals with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pilot Study
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(5) [DOI] 10.3390/ijerph18052415. [PMID] 33801216.
Focal Muscle Vibration for Stroke Rehabilitation: A Review of Vibration Parameters and Protocols
Applied Sciences. 10(22) [DOI] 10.3390/app10228270.
Improvement of Gait after 4 Weeks of Wearable Focal Muscle Vibration Therapy for Individuals with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Journal of Clinical Medicine. 9(11) [DOI] 10.3390/jcm9113767. [PMID] 33266464.
Metrics extracted from a single wearable sensor during sit-stand transitions relate to mobility impairment and fall risk in people with multiple sclerosis
Gait & Posture. 80:361-366 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.06.014. [PMID] 32615409.
Assistive Technology for Literacy in Students With Physical Disabilities: A Systematic Review
Journal of Special Education Technology. 34(4):284-292 [DOI] 10.1177/0162643419868259.
Further Development of a Robotic-Assisted Transfer Device.
Topics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. 23(2):140-146 [DOI] 10.1310/sci2302-140. [PMID] 29339890.
Innovation in Transfer Assist Technologies for Persons with Severe Disabilities and Their Caregivers
IEEE Potentials. 36(1):34-41 [DOI] 10.1109/mpot.2016.2614761.
Integration of Pneumatic Technology in Powered Mobility Devices
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 23(2):120-130 [DOI] 10.1310/sci2302-120. [PMID] 29339888.
Kinematics and Stability Analysis of a Novel Power Wheelchair When Traversing Architectural Barriers
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 23(2):110-119 [DOI] 10.1310/sci2302-110. [PMID] 29339887.
Performance Evaluation of a Mobile Touchscreen Interface for Assistive Robotic Manipulators: A Pilot Study
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 23(2):131-139 [DOI] 10.1310/sci2302-131. [PMID] 29339889.
Psychological strategies of Veterans and service members who participate in organized sports
Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. 3(2):42-52 [DOI] 10.3138/jmvfh.4316.
Step-Climbing Power Wheelchairs: A Literature Review.
Topics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. 23(2):98-109 [DOI] 10.1310/sci2302-98. [PMID] 29339886.
Task-Oriented Performance Evaluation for Assistive Robotic Manipulators
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 96(6):395-407 [DOI] 10.1097/phm.0000000000000634.
Daily Task-Oriented Performance Evaluation for Commercially Available Assistive Robotic Manipulators
International Journal of Robotics and Automation Technology. 3(1):16-27 [DOI] 10.15377/2409-9694.2016.03.01.3.
Design and evaluation of a seat orientation controller during uneven terrain driving
Medical Engineering & Physics. 38(3):241-247 [DOI] 10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.12.007.
Design and User Evaluation of a Wheelchair Mounted Robotic Assisted Transfer Device
BioMed Research International. 2015:1-9 [DOI] 10.1155/2015/198476. [PMID] 25793190.
Participatory design and validation of mobility enhancement robotic wheelchair
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 52(6):739-750 [DOI] 10.1682/jrrd.2014.11.0278.
Stability analysis of electrical powered wheelchair-mounted robotic-assisted transfer device
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 51(5):761-774 [DOI] 10.1682/jrrd.2013.11.0240.
Development of an advanced mobile base for personal mobility and manipulation appliance generation II robotic wheelchair
The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 36(4):333-346 [DOI] 10.1179/2045772313y.0000000094.
Functional assessment and performance evaluation for assistive robotic manipulators: Literature review
The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 36(4):273-289 [DOI] 10.1179/2045772313y.0000000132.
Performance evaluation of The Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance (PerMMA)
Medical Engineering & Physics. 35(11):1613-1619 [DOI] 10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.05.008.
Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance—Design, Development, and Initial Testing
Proceedings of the IEEE. 100(8):2505-2511 [DOI] 10.1109/jproc.2012.2200537.
Analyzing wheelchair mobility patterns of community-dwelling older adults
The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 48(9) [DOI] 10.1682/jrrd.2009.10.0177.
Design and Development of a Lightweight, Durable, Adjustable Composite Backrest Mounting
Assistive Technology. 23(1):24-35 [DOI] 10.1080/10400435.2010.541405.
Design and Development of the Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance
Assistive Technology. 23(2):81-92 [DOI] 10.1080/10400435.2011.567374.
Evaluation of aluminum ultralight rigid wheelchairs versus other ultralight wheelchairs using ANSI/RESNA standards
The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 47(5) [DOI] 10.1682/jrrd.2009.08.0137.
Relationship between wheelchair durability and wheelchair type and years of test
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 5(5):318-322 [DOI] 10.3109/17483100903391137.
The Role of Assistive Robotics in the Lives of Persons with Disability
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 89(6):509-521 [DOI] 10.1097/phm.0b013e3181cf569b.
Real-time model based electrical powered wheelchair control
Medical Engineering & Physics. 31(10):1244-1254 [DOI] 10.1016/j.medengphy.2009.08.002. [PMID] 19733494.
A perspective on intelligent devices and environments in medical rehabilitation
Medical Engineering & Physics. 30(10):1387-1398 [DOI] 10.1016/j.medengphy.2008.09.003.
Multi-channel linear descriptors for event-related EEG collected in brain computer interface
Journal of Neural Engineering. 3(1):52-58 [DOI] 10.1088/1741-2560/3/1/006.
Focal Vibration Therapy: Vibration Parameters of Effective Wearable Devices
. [DOI] 10.20944/preprints202103.0181.v1.

Contact Details

(352) 273-9934